Sister Hazel, the Gainesville, Florida, rock five-piece, released their latest album, entitled “Release,” last week on indie label Rock Ridge Music, and the record has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #37. This is the highest chart number for any Sister Hazel album ever on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart: the platinum-certified “Somewhere More Familiar” peaked at #47, while the gold-certified “Fortress” peaked at #63. “Release” also hit #3 on the Billboard Indie Chart and #14 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart. Last week on release day, the album went all the way to #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the overall iTunes sales chart.
Sister Hazel was recently selected as a “recommended” user on Twitter where fans can follow the band at @SisterHazelBand. All five band members update the feed regularly. The band’s list of Twitter followers has swelled to over 300,000 people. A fan-centric promotion ran in July that allowed band supporters to call the group: Give Sister Hazel A Ring. Every three days for a week, a new phone number was released to the public via the band’s Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages, and fans were able to call the active numbers and speak to a band member between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern. Calls poured in from fans across the U.S. and around the globe.
Sister Hazel, who have logged over 3,500 live shows throughout the course of their career, continue touring as always and kicked off their tour for “Release” last week with an intimate acoustic WOMX-FM (Mix) radio-sponsored performance for lucky fans at a small club in Orlando (see full tour schedule below). The band taped an appearance on the nationally-syndicated “Daytime” (http://daytime.tbo.com/) show on earlier today, which is set to air on August 28th. “Release,” which is their seventh disc of original material, features twelve tracks, with the lead single “Take A Bow,” heating up at the Triple A radio format and will soon go for ads at the Hot AC format.
SISTER HAZEL TOUR DATES
August 27th – Rainbow City, AL – Center Stage
August 28th – Louisville, KY – 4th Street Live
August 29th – Palatine, IL – Palatine Street Festival
September 4th – Virginia Beach, VA – American Music Festival
September 5th – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
September 6th – Alexander City, AL – Lake Martin Amphitheatre
September 10th – Martin, TN – Tennessee Soybean Festival
September 11th – Athens, GA – The Classic Center
September 12th – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
September 18th – Gainesville, FL – Univ. of FL Performing Arts/Phillips Center
October 9th – October 11th – Orlando, FL – Walt Disney World Resort/American Gardens Theatre
October 16th – Hampden-Sydney, VA – Hampden-Sydney College Lagoon Field
October 20th – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
October 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
October 22nd – Uncasville, CT – The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
October 23rd – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
October 24th – New York, NY – The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
November 3rd – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
November 4th – Starkville, MS – Rick’s Café
November 5th – Tuscaloosa, AL – Jupiter Bar & Grill
November 6th – Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
November 7th – Tampa, FL – Zoofari
November 14th – Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg College – College Union Ballroom
December 11th – Charenton, LA – Rox In Shortys @ Cypress Bayou
… more dates to come!